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, you are still going to be left with a huge hole called the deficit and it will have to mean cutting the federal budget. >> so, even if we increase the tax rates, as you noted, by the way, the top 1% in this country makes 17% of the income, and pay 37% of the taxes. i mean, so, the fair share argument really isn't -- >> up against a hard out here, and i'm going to ask you to give us your last thought here. >> mr. president, please, please, work with the business community. we want you to succeed. but, you are putting impediments in our way that make it impossible. we want you to succeed, we want to succeed. work with us. please work with us. >> andy puzder, thanks for being with us. european nations on the wrong side of the fiscal cliff but the president says america can steer clear. >> president barack obama: i believe it is solvable and my budget, frankly does it and i don't the republicans to adopt my budget, i recognize we have to compromise. compromise is hard. >> lou: more than a trillion-and-a-half dollars in tax hikes, no spenng cuts. tax hikes, no spenng cuts. what is the de
to have full employment, given that? we did not have large budget deficits. what makes it so much harder? and it's adding up. it gives the persistent trade deficit. we used to not have one and now we do, and it is a big drag on the economy. the trade deficit is significantly down. we have had some -- the u.s. has actually become more competitive, but that's a front on which we need to work. there is a -- the trouble is the political debate has not kept up with the reality. at it all about china. actually, china is no longer the core of that. it's a much broader set of countries. those need to be work on. i hope the next president, instead of not just crude china bashing but what to do to have a world that is no -- we don't have everybody trying to run a trade surplus, which the germans believe is possible but the rest of us don't. then the issue of trade and income inequality, and a lot of -- used to be we traded with countries that were similar. and that presumably had relatively effect on income. if you make -- if you send auto parts to canada and conditioned sends assembled cars back
deficits and medicare, small enough it's somewhat of a side show. the idea that we're picking on themmen they're not getting the right deal, get out to the real world. >> eve. >> don't blame them, federal workers, this isn't their fault. yes, they're going to have give more. and in favor of union representation and union representation say hey, leave us alone, it's good for them, but overall, everybody's going to have to give, everybody. >> brenda: gary b. >> look, if it's the federal workers have it so bad, try to get a job in the federal sector, it's almost impossible these days, that's how bad it is >> brenda: but, jonas, there have been layoffs from the federal sectors as well. >> they haven't had as hard as states. states had to get their budgets going tighter before the federal government. the federal government nois only starting to address the workers so i think that the state workers are taking it harder than the federal workers and now the federal workers ve to join the misery of the state workers in tightening budgets. >> brenda: tough times for everybody, thanks, guys. most y
competitor again? >> so much of the federal deficit does come from ticket demographic problem, which is that many baby boomers are going to be retiring -- the fact -- come from a demographic problem, which is that many baby boomers be retiring. >> we are maintaining the position of no cuts, because there's not any conversation happening in this capital area yet about revenue. as a health care union, we know that there can be improvements in the delivery of medicare. the demographic problem in this country in our minds has to be solved by creating good jobs and getting the economy growing from people spending again because i have enough money in their pockets to generate the kind of revenue that will allow for the medicare system to be solvent through the next generation. >> would you go along with passed medicare cuts of president obama has proposed in past budgets, and seek to cut the rate of growth? >> our current position is that there is no reason to entertain any question like that, because there is no indication that we're going to break on revenue. it is important to maintain
that was as efficient we would have no deficit given the baby boom. >> >> it is actually called medicare. with the supreme act the of of, so all of these same of, so all of these same this but our budget problems will be done. >> cell it better dismantle. it is incredible. it is a rejection of theory and evidence. [laughter] that is pretty impressive. >> host: look at the interface between medical costs and the budget. the idea we have to have commissions like bowles simpson with the shares between spending and so forth. why don't we look at that in the eye? >> the riyal abbate of merck can -- american. the insurance industry is very influential. if you take one provision but to provide for egyptian dragon's for medicare. >> if anybody is serious about but we are they talked about i think health care reform should. medicare for all is where we should go broke teach teetwenty three. we had this plan is in an good to get to the effects of the single carrier system we should have a public option. then the public our action is killed. >> but right now is to establish the principle of univers
students have contributed $4.50 billion out of their pockets toward deficit reduction. we have had things squeezing us at different levels. we are facing the biggest threat from what is called a sequester, the fiscal cliff. one part of the fiscal cliff arc across the board -- across the board -- are across-the-board spending cuts. they will be cutting housing and food safety and the entire range of domestic programs. for education, that will be head start, which is in the department of health and human services. there will be a $4.80 billion cut, the largest education cut in the history of the country. that will move us that courts whether the goal is -- move us backwards. our biggest challenge in the short-term is to work together with groups like the urban league and the national council of la raza to come up with a balanced approach to deficit reduction and ask people who can pay a little bit more to do so without balancing the budget on the backs of children and students and working people and low income people. a couple of quick things i want to say. we are also facing increasing enr
to fix this borrowing debt deficit issue in the book, vice president biden's chief of staff, talking about the economic crisis in 2011, that's exactly what is going on. there is so much evidence that it is the biggest future. we are on the path becoming europe and greece. you just can't keep borrowing money. there is a stunning and fiction in this country, and we need some sort of we need some serious intervention. in the book, what i attempt to do is take people to the presidents and leaders and tell you exactly because of the luxury of time and my publisher, simon & schuster, i declined to get the meeting notes to get the exact detail to interview president obama and speaker boehner and the key players in this. i just want to take one quick snapshot from what happened that we didn't know about, which is critical. when the cops pull up less when the president was upset, he called the congressional leaders on a saturday morning at 11:00 o'clock a.m. the democratic and republican leaders were trying to work out their own deal. harry reid, the democratic leader, said to the president,
. >> how do we move our country forward and reduce the deficit? by creating jobs and growing our economy, not by cutting programs that families rely on most. for working families it's all about putting americans back to work. not cutting the things we rely on most. >> there are signals they can't accept the kind of entitlement reforms in medicare and social security that senator graham is saying are prerequisite to a deal. >> let me tell you, first, george, and you know this, social security does not add one penny to our debt. not a penny. it's a separate funded operation. and we can do things and i believe we should now, smaller things, played out over the long term that gives its solvency. medicare is another story. only 12 years of solvency lie ahead if we do nothing. those who say don't touch it, don't change it are ignoring the obvious. we want medicare to be there for today's seniors and tomorrow, as well. we don't want to go to the poll and voucherizing it and we can make meaningful reforms without compromising the integrity of the program, making sure that the beneficiaries are n
this as a good step in the right direction. every cent down payment in the deficit and a huge change in the culture of spending. you are spending less money on this this year than last year. we have a long ways to go. we really do believe that the value of this republican majority will change this culture. we had the gephardt rule. no one would have to be seen voting for the budget resolution. we would do this in plain sight. >> the debate was long and it was not easy. and they have watched or wondered why congress to get the job done. this was a bipartisan compromise, it was not the right wing cut, and whatever it is over there. that was not a bipartisan and this is nothing that we could agree to in the short-term. it was really a disaster for america. this agreement cuts the deficit by $1 trillion. we look forward to the work on the committee to make sure that the millionaires and billionaires and people with those yachts will have tax benefits, but that is in the mix of thinking what is going on. mr. schumer will talk about this in a moment with the jobs agenda that we have. we wi
billion dollars this year, than it was in 2007. that's where the deficits are coming from. that's what should be talked about more than taxing people o are working their rear ends off to do better for themselves. >> i've got to tell you i don't like when warren buffett is brought into a discussion about people making $250,000. >> two different worlds. >> he's a very good business man. >> an amazing businessman, he doesn't car about taxes. >> he's not the only businessman saying it. >> it's not just the fiscal cliff coming on january 1st, more of the president's health care law is starting to kick l log on to foxnews.com. ♪ >> well, the election is over and the white house is putting out new rules for the health care law, one is telling how to reward workers for living a healthier life. so, ben, you know what? let's put aside the worry that this is going to drive up cost? isn't this more of the nancy state nonsense? >> big brother is watching you, big brother is watching you through the obama white house, through the department of health and human services and transmit that to the j
and addressing the deficit of low and very low and moderate income units. small efficiency dwelling units units are not a panacea for the shortage of housing but offered at market rate will satisfy the demand for moderate housing and generate funds for affordable housing through inclusionary fees. i would like to outline recommendations if the proposed ordinance is approved by the board of supervisors. this is to facilitate the open and common space requirements and satisfy the planning code so first the recommendation is that the proposed new planning code sek 318 to define efficiency dwelling units with reduced square footage be removed and that a new residential use category not be introduced into the planning code. rather we recommend that there simply be a reference to the existing and amending building code definition. second we recommend that the new interior common space requirement be a minimum rather than a maximum as proposed. specifically the department recommends a requirement of 10 square feet per unit regardless of the -- the total number of efficiency dwelling units includ
is an integral part of deficit reduction. from my side of the table, bring entitlement reform into the conversation. social security, set aside, doesn't add to the deficit. when it comes to medicare and medicaid, protect the integrity of the program, but give it solvency for more and more years. >> reporter: a source with engine of knowledge -- with knowledge of the negotiation says there is no date set in stone for the next meeting among the principle negotiate othe timing will depend on the progress of staff member, in the next few days. but we should not be surprised if they get together, sthiem week. shannon. >> shannon: we wish them much luck. thank you. our worst-case scenario, there isn't a deal. the former economics director it'll peter tracy, tells what did you say to expect if that happens and what will happen if it doesn't. let's talk positive, first. who do you think, if something comes together, will be the key players. >> we need to see president obama move off the position of entitlements and propose real reductions, tangible, real, so there is something to bala
, this debt and deficits of this country. the drama is playing out. how do you think it impacts the economy? >> first thing is i don't like what i see. i noticed that the politicians don't have their head in the game. they are like two teams playing to win. we're not represented by them. they are not coming to agreement to try to win points from each other. that's not what we want. >> it is all about winning. >> we are paying the price. these people are not paying the price. absence of the game is becoming the main source of fragility in american society and of course in the world economy. >> what do you mean by this? they aren't in the game. the john boehners and the barack obamas they don't have skin in the game. >> they are shooting for numbers to look good but they don't pay the price of the mistakes. you and i pay the price of their mistakes. >> let me bring up your book. the book is called "anti-fragile, things that gain from disorder" you said think of the economy as being more of a cat than a washing machine. >> let me explain about anti-fragile. the opposite of fragile is not robus
are going to have to look at entitle reform. entitlement. reform is the only way to get the debt and deficit under control. we've got to take it on. >> chris: let me ask you, you say you would consider more revenue but with loopholes -- >> there's so many of them. >> chris: you voted against the bush tax cuts a decade ago because you said too many of the benefits go to the wealthy, not the middle class. once they were passed you have changed your view and said i'm not going to oppose them. it you could get a deal for entitlement reform and take a chunk out of the national debt, why is the 35% top tax rate which you oppose sacred? >> every economist i respect says if you raise tax rates at this time -- the president says that a couple of years ago -- it harms the economy. we're trying to help the economy. unless i'm convinced raising tax rates will be beneficial, obviously i think there's reason and grounds for my position. i also believe that we can and must get an agreement, otherwise i think first of all the markets are going to start reacting. >> chris: we'll talk about that in the next s
's a $15 billion shortfall which has to be borrow and added to the deficit every year. naturally is part of the deficit-reduction discussions. the group supporting the attack site include state highway officials, road builders, trucking associations, the simpson-bowles planner it proposed raising the tax as well. there's another tax in the fiscal cliff and possible gas tax is not the only tax to hit the bottom line. deal or no deal, hold on to your wallet. here with more, the senior tax policy analyst for the heritage foundation. always nice to have you on the show. let's talk about the boom line for so many people out there, it will hit so many folks, 90% of households, almost impossible to escape and create that. >> everyone's taxes will go up on january 1st. important to point out we're talking about today which is raising taxes. that is off point. the fiscal cliff is here because we're spending tooomuch. we are the precedents of the debt crisis because we're spending too much. w we can raise taxes and talk about raising the gas tax, nothing to do with cutting spending which is where
. >> people themselves are internally gridlocked. we hear from people cut the deficit, expand medicare. we get a very inconsistent set of messages from them. no, i don't feel guilty at all, and i don't feel badly. i think -- i find there's a great commitment to solving the problem, but it gets to the specifics. i was in city hall in boston 44 years ago complaining about people who wanted a swimming pool in a neighborhood and they complaining because the dump trucks were coming in and out digging out the swimming pool and it was bothering them, and i complained to an old security council. he said, hey, kid, ain't you heard the muse? everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die. i think that's what i get from too many of constituents. they want us to cut the deficit, but don't raise my taxes and don't cut this and don't cut that and expand this and expand that. we do our best, and i'm not troubled by our inability to do what some of the them want us to do, which is impossible. >> i'm a little troubled sometimes by the thoughtlessness of some people who are quick to criticize anybody
before the end of the year. maybe a down payment on deficit reduction combined with a commitment to hit the big numbers. >> in addition to the fiscal cliff, some big vacancies coming up in the president's cabinet the state department, the treasury, even the cia, the general petraeus scandal, three vacancies now. >> and there's likely to be more shuffling in the president's cabinet. the president has signaled is favorite likely to be u.n. ambassador susan rice for secretary of state, she's faced a lot of opposition in house this week, republicans signed a letter not to appoint susan rice. the president hasn't made a final decision yet. if he went for it, despite this controversy over benghazi, he would get her through the senate. the top guy to replace timothy geithner, is jack lew. >> slightly less serious note we would like to hit, apparently some head shaving on the broadcast this morning. >> the first on "this week." this is a great story. the top spokesman for both of the democrats and republicans, whoever lost the election would shave their head. this is sean spicer was supposed to
it was in 2007. that's where the deficits are coming from. that's what should be talked about more than taxing people who are working their rear ends off t do better for hemselves. >> i've got to tell you i don't like when warren buffett is brought into a discussion about people making $250,000. >> two different worlds. >> he's a very good business man. >> an amazing businessman, he doesn't care about xes. >> he's not the only businessman saying it. >> it's not just the fiscal cliff coming on january 1st, more of the president's health more of the president's health care law is starting to kick [ malannouncer ] it'that time of year again. time for cii price rewind. because your daughter really wants that pink castle thing. and you really don't want to pay more than you have to. only citi price rewind automatically searches for the lowest price. and it finds one, you get refunded the difference. just use your citi card and register your purchase online. have a super sparkly day! ok. [ male announcer ] now all you need is a magic carriage. citi price rewind. buy now. save later. ♪ [ male anno
will be a drain on the taxpayer and walk on torturing dollars deficit. ibm back ibm back thank you. i would like to know to which degree to think as the united nation but for the 21st century to political power in the hands of the green lobby. >> well, the u.n. has been very encouraging of the green lobby and the screen job issue is not an issue here in the united state. it is an issue also in europe being encouraged by the u.n., encouraged by the meeting over the summer. but europe is also finding green job aren't all they thought they would be. spain has stopped subsidies for solar power under that doesn't work in sunny spain it's not going to work anywhere. germany has also stopped at subsidies which is more understandable because there's a lot of clubs in germany, even though the economy isn't cloudy at all. the u.n. has had a strong influence on this. >> yes, sir. >> chuck bradford. you are probably not old enough to remember, the jimmy carter gave lots of money, billions of dollars to alternate energy projects. >> i do remember. >> too many of those plants still exist is the question? i do
care costs continue to be the biggest driver of our deficits. >> reporter: mr. obama has insisted tax rates must rise. today a top democrat signalled openness to the republican stance. revenue could be raised by closing loopholes and limiting deductions. >> they have to go up either real tax rates or effective tax rates. >> reporter: tax begin this week amid tentative steps toward common ground. >> we can't go off the fiscal cliff. we have to show the world we're adults. the election is over. >> reporter: one ceo of honeywell said there's so much uncertainty hanging over the economy because business isn't confident that washington can go its basic job. he says people like me just aren't hiring. kate. >>> mike viqueira at the white house. senator john mccain softened his tone after vowing to block the nomination of u.n. ambassador susan rice to be hillary clinton's successor. he argued that rice damaged her credibility when she said the attack was a spontaneous protest to an anti-muslim video not a planned terror attack. today mccain was asked if he might change his mind about ambassad
, you are running a deficit for the fourth year in a row and yet you can borrow money almost for nothing. so why don't you just wait another year or two years. who wants to take the fall? who wants to take the political heat if you can borrow money for five years, which is what they are doing now. neil: we are building another debt bubble? >> yes, we are doing so. >> i don't know what you all it. we've never been there before, we've never had a central bank. we've never had anything like that. >> you don't think it can walk past the graveyard much longer? >> i don't think so. i don't think we can whistle the tune very much longer. >> okay. neil: if you had a lead suit you would buy it. [laughter] neil: david, thank you so much. the president is now speaking out. that coming up next [ male announcer ] this is the age of knowing what you're made of. why let erectile dysfunction get in your way? talk to your doctor about viagra. ask if your heart is healthy enough for sex. do not take viagra if you take nitrates for chest pain; it may cause an unsafe drop in blood pressure. side effects inc
.s. postal service is dealing with a $12 billion deficit and among the closers and cutbacks, a local post office. as abc7 news reporter wayne friedman found out, it's a throwback and a gem mostly to the woman who runs it. junior if you look closely, you might see yourself in a time-lapse that is symbolic of our world. relax as you can, our destination lies beyond the freeway past this suburb, through the redwoods to a place the urban world does not penetrate. a community identified mostly by its post office. here it is, the one known for hardly ever having a line. >> most the time it's empty? >> most the time. >> do you ever get lonely in here? >> no. >> lonely should be the last word to describe elana. post office 94516 in canyon serves about 194 residents. in a community with no door-to-door deliveries, everybody picks their mail here. >> you know all the names? >> yes, i do. >> all the addresses. >> yes, i do. >> all the quirks. >> yep. >> all the family history. >> yep. >> all the stuff you are not supposed to know. >> yeah, all the stuff some of it i wish i didn't know so much. >>
could be slapped with new taxes and the state could be thrown into a $11 billion deficit. >> house of representatives could sleet next week. it would expand the number of visas for science and technology students from other countries and make it easier for those students to bring the families to the u.s. house proposal would allow family members to come to the u.s. one year after they applied for the green cards. they say it is a bill to a stepping stone of immigration reform. opponents say the increase for visas for technology student would be upset by eliminating other visa programs. >> it is expected to top the agenda when president obama welcomes mexico's president-elect to the white house this week. he will return to mexico's institutional revolutionary power to party after 12 years when he takes office december 1st. he pushed more nor economic reforms and including overhauls of energy and tax laws. >>> supreme court could decide whether to take up the issue of gay marriage this week. the court is set to hold a closed door conference on friday where they can decide whether the
that there is a relationship between guns and butter, that even though this is a wealthy nation, we cannot run deficits of a certain sort. we have to move the fighting and that would have consequences for his domestic program. he then johnson in the most liberal administration is very clear on this, that you just could not spend limitlessly and he knew that this war was going to impinge on his domestic agenda and virtually everybody. this is well understood. >> guest: it did. didn't really affect spending in 1965. i do want to maintain a 65 is the worst year of the war. not all that many americans actually died -- died in 1965. so if they say from 23,284,000 after 400,000, which was a terrible year, to 550,000 at the time johnson leaves office in 1969. so even that is not enough to win the war. >> that's fairly clear. what also strikes me as interesting is that we think of the war opposition as starting in a way in which there was no war, if there's no student there's no opposition to the war. but what is also striking in your book is how there was a kind of opposition to the war among the chattering c
>> the u.s. postal service is dealing with a $12 billion deficit. among the closers and cutbacks, a local post office. as abc7 news reporter wayne friedman found out, it's a throwback and a gem mostly to the woman who runs it. >> if you look closely, you might see yourself in a time-lapse that is symbolic of our world. relax as you can, our destination lies beyond the freeway past this suburb, through the redwoods to a place the urban world does not penetrate. a community identified mostly by its post office. here it is, the one known for hardly ever having a line. >> most the time it's empty? >> most the time. >> do you ever get lonely in here? >> no. >> lonely should be the last word to describe elana. post office 94516 in canyon serves about 194 residents. in a community with no door-to-door deliveries, everybody picks their mail here. >> you know all the names? >> yes, i do. >> all the addresses. >> yes, i do. >> all the quirks. >> yep. >> all the family history. >> yep. >> all the stuff you are not supposed to know. >> yeah, all the stuff some of it i wish i didn't know so much. >>
and economic impact and we're concerned about that. but when we're dealing with the debt and deficit, no matter what we do, in terms of raising taxes or cutting spending, it has a negative impact but we're running a 40% deficit year in and year out. we have to long term get that better aligned. >>> you're going to get the question, does congress know where the deal is going to come on fiscal cliff ultimately and this is all just posturing? you really don't? >> absolutely not. look, we've been dealing with this for a long time and for every dollar in tacks that you're willing to spend, how do you cure that appetite in an instance? we have hard work ahead of us, no question. >> the rebel group known as m-23 took over a major city. they have plans to move on the capital. it's part of a very bloody, bloody regional war. it's seen atrocity on both sides. it's cost millions of lives. you've been very vocal about it. what should the u.s. be doing here? >> this is the greatest humanitarian crisis that nobody has ever heard of. somewhere between 3 to 4 million people have been killed in the last few yea
consumption. also look at the fact that walmart has generated trade deficits. when you look at this -- this blew my mind. this is the size that walmart has in our economy. the walmart trade deficits with china eliminated nearly 200,000 u.s. jobs between '01 and 2006. just walmart's decision, right. just that. so on the one hand, like yes, you've got this issue of how these supply chains are connected. but it feels like how else do you lift yourself out of that sort of thing? it's not just sort of what's good in a moral or a ethical sense. there's an economic what good is going on. >> the giant corporations do live in this bubble. the bubble where it's okay to do what they do mord to make more profits or to give bonuses or whatever. i'm not anti- -- in any sort of way. really just understanding that they believe that the hourly workers are super transient. okay, you want to leave. we'll get somebody else. all these people are happy. these people are are are cogs in that wheel. i think what you're doing and the fact that we're discussing this and adding pressure to them in tha
? >> illinois has the worst budget deficit in the nation and why is the state spending millions of taxpayer dollars on table for prisoners. >> and eco friendly zip lines, maybe they want them to watch "fox & friends" in prison, have you ever thought of that. >> dave: amen, there's some viewers, baby. >> clayton: "fox & friends" begins right now. ♪ . >> alisyn:. >> alisyn: good morning, everybody, thanks for joining us bright and early on this sunday morning, we have quite a show for you, including the ongoing debate that dave briggs launched yesterday about yoga pants and we invite you to weigh in this morning. >> clayton: you're still leading this fight and championing this fight. >> alisyn: he's made it a platform. >> dave: i may run for the white house based on yoga pants. there's both good and bad and we will delve into this later on and look, common ground. it's unlike politics, there is some common ground between the two extremes. >> clayton: of yoga pants afficianados. >> alisyn: they're bipartisan. >> clayton: send us a picture of your yoga pants and dave can critique it. >> dave:
revenues to deficit reduction. a significant amount of revenue. >> your colleague from georgia just this week said the following about that pledge not to raise any taxes. >> you know, that pledge i signed 20 years ago was valid then. it's valid now, but times have changed significantly.Ñi and i care more about this country than i do about a 20-year-old pledge. >> it is my view that the issue of taxes is the number one stumbling block to any kind of fiscal deal. that has to be resolved first before you can get to issues like sequestration. when you hear that from a colleague, does it say to you that there is room, and does the president do anything short of raising tax rates on the wealthy? is there anything short of that acceptable? >> well, you've got to raise additional revenues, including tax rates on the wealthy. >> those have to go up? >> they have to go up. there's ways of doing that. secondly, though, we've got to close some significant loopholes. for instance, the ones which allow too many corporations in this country to avoid paying taxes by moving revenue overseas. the us
on deficit reduction combined with a commitment to hit the big numbers before the end of next year. >> in addition to the fiscal cliff, there's some big vak kis coming up in the president's cabinet, as well. we have the state department, we have treasury. those two we expected, even the cia now, the general petraeus scandal, three vacancies. >> three big ones at least and there's likely to be more shuffling. of course, the big controversy right now over who is going to replace hillary clinton at the state department. the president has signaled is favorite to be ambassador susan rice and faced opposition in the senate and house. this week, 97 house republicans signed a letter telling the president don't appoint susan rice. she came out this week and defended herself and the president indicated he would like to pick her although he said he didn't make a final decision. i believe if he went for it despite the controversy over what happened in benghazi he would get her through. the leading candidate for treasury is probably the white house chief of staff jack lew. although that might n
.s. postal service is dealing with a $12 billion deficit and among the closers and cutbacks a local post office. as abc7 news reporter wayne friedman found out, it's a throwback and a gem mostly to the woman who runs it. >> if you look closely you might see yourself in a time-lapse that is symbolic of our world. relax as you can, our destination lies beyond the freeway past this suburb, through the redwoods to a place the urban world does not penetrate. a community identified mostly by its post office. here it is, the one known for hardly ever having a line. >> most the time it's empty? >> most the time. >> do you ever get lonely in here? >> no. >> lonely should be the last word to describe elana. post office 94516 in canyon serves about 194 residents n a community with no door-to-door deliveries, everybody picks their mail here. >> you know all the names? >> yes, i do. >> all the addresses. >> yes, i do. >> all the quirks. >> yep. >> all the family history. >> yep. >> all the stuff you are not supposed to know. >> yeah, all the stuff some of it i wish i didn't know so much. >> you know
's happening at that moment in time. and if you have -- if you have a rising deficit and you have a country where the economy is stagnating you may have to, in the short term or for longer periods of time raise revenue and you may have to do that through raising taxes. so to have ever taken that position was an extreme position. >> so lawmakers, we're talking about peter king, lindsey graham being the latest ones today, to say they might consider abandoning that no tax hike pledge, similar to how senator saxby chambliss said he would abandon the pledge for the american people. yes, they may have been extreme positions but for a long time most of these lawmakers didn't feel it was extreme, they felt it was the necessary thing to do, they were digging in heels for a very long time. so it does seem hike an incredible page that's being turned here to be able to now say, i'll consider abandoning that. it does seem like there is maybe an olive branch that's being extended? >> i think turning back to a reasonable position is not the same as saying that i'm being moderate. what we are seeing in our
that help the economy, and the deficit. raising the ceiling on the debt. my feeing is they probably can go past january 1 but not far past it. and still not fall off the cliff. around january 15th. >> so now if there are to be some real groundwork laid by congress as they return after the holiday weekend, what really needs to get done, if we look at over the next six weeks, even though you say we've got past january 1, what should they try to accomplish this week? >> well, i think they need to start to spell out spending cuts. i mean, the president has made clear what he wanted in the way of additional revenue and there are a couple of different ways of getting there. now the president has to talk about the spending cuts that he is willing to accept. he needs to give republicans cover to come on board. right now, the list of republicans that are willing to come on board is very short. and he's just not going to get there with that list. he needs to talk specifically about how he's going to deal with entitlements. >> and then what happens to the average american family? if we were to go ove
manufacturing goods trade deficit has gone up. >> that might be true that some play dirty, why don't we as well. the risk is we encourage malinvestment. all these things made unique and special in the last 100 years in the economy, and that's innovation, that's resilience. had little to do with subsidies, but rather a unique playing field. let's not corrupt what's made dirty to keep up with the dirty players. >> i'm not suggesting we play dirty, and i disagree with your economic history a little bit. every successful history that's been incubated in the united states has been in yonurtured. someone makes cars in the united states. i'd like to see them made here. china, germany, japan, they all have car manufacturing. i think it should be smart, i think it should be sophisticated, i think it should be based on incentives and what the private sector wants. you can control that manufacturing. that's why ford is bringing manufacturing of the fusion back to the united states. it's why gm is bringing back some of its functions from india to michigan. it's why you've seen lenovo bring laptop manufactu
biggest deficit. we need to react on the facts and then that's what should be done. >> eric: ford tseems to some, miss rice has a lack of trust, though she said she relied solely on the intelligence. she said she made it clear that what she was sayinged about the muslim video was preliminary. >> again, blaming the intel is a copout. i think she needs to get the count opportunity to explain herself. she needs to take accountability of her actions. it cements to be clear, nobody knows for sure, she allowed herself to be a pawn for the administration. if you are going to be the nation's top diplomat, have you to show some independence. yes, have you to have loyalty to the administration. but your responsibility's to the american people. i agree here, the bottom line, we have four dead americans and no answers. we need to get to the bottom of this in a bipartisan way. >> eric: when you use the word "pawn," you say you are part of the administration, you are saying that the administration's lying come and they say it's true. is that a fair characterization? >> why didn't they send secretary p
to energy independence. that is a $200 billion deficit right now. it is a bridge to renewable energy. if we can move to gas, we will get tremendous benefits in terms of a cleaner energy on a way to a renewable energy future. if we could get those things done, this to be transformational for our economy, but we cannot act on these things even though there is a lot of bipartisan agreement. >> let me just try to poke holes in this. if we rolled back time to just before the financial crisis. look at the u.s.. doug holtz-eakin was out there bitching about that already. it's much worse today. if you look at debt in a different way. if you look at private-sector debt -- just forget government debt. private-sector debt was 160% of gdp. despite the myths of the leveraging, today we are back in that same crisis mode. you also have structural corruption and between regulators, financial institutions and other players in the economy and you have a private sector events leading to a government response. my question is why is it never on this list to get the private sector robber control? there is nothin
the budget and the debt ceiling and deficit reduction, also what happened in egypt and libya. and so i'm looking at how obama made the decisions he made and why did the actions he took. and a very perilous time politically but also explain how this is all done in a way, set up a 2012 campaign that we
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